Press Release


WIN World Survey (WWS) uncovers attitudes to Gender Equality, Sexual Harassment/ Violence and Equal pay

WIN International, the world’s leading association in market research and polling, along with RED C Research being the representative for Ireland, has published the 2019 WIN World Survey (WWS) exploring the views and beliefs of 29,274 people from 39 countries across the globe, with results released today in regard to Gender Equality, Violence, Sexual Harassment and Perception of Equal Pay.


Headlines – Ireland

Violence and Sexual Harassment

  1. 1 in 10 women in Ireland claim to have suffered violence and sexual harassment in the past year.
  2. Young women under 35 are most likely to have suffered, with 1 in 5 women under 35 claiming to have suffered sexual harassment in the past year.
  3. The results remain stark this year, despite a positive improvement in cases since 2018, particularly for sexual harassment among women which has fallen by almost a third.
  4. Ireland has one of the highest incidences of sexual harassment amongst women in European countries participating in the study.


Pay Inequality

  1. The majority of adults in Ireland (58%) believe that men earn more than women for the same job.
  1. Perceptions of wage inequality are greater among women and those in older age groups, but encouraging are less among those in younger age groups.
  2. Perceptions of inequality are seen much higher, among western countries, with Ireland performing relatively poorly; while in Asia there are not the same perceptions of inequality.


Gender Equality

  1. Just 1 in 10 of all adults in Ireland believe that there is definitely gender equality in Politics, and less than half feel there is quality to some extent.
  2. The public also feels that there has been no improvement in this in the past year.
  3. Only 1 in 6 also believe that gender equality has definitely been achieved in the workplace in Ireland, although the majority (62%) do believe that it has been achieved to some extent.


Headlines – The World 

Violence (physical or psychological)

  1. No improvement is seen in terms of percentage of women worldwide who suffered either physical or psychological violence across the world, with 16% of women stated they suffered violence in the past year.
  2. The percentage of women who suffered violence are higher in Latin American countries. Chile shows the highest figures (44%), followed by Argentina (43%) and Peru (40%).
  3. The countries with the lowest percentages of women who suffered violence are Indonesia (1%) and Pakistan (2%) .
  4. When considering age, women between 18 and 24 years register the highest incidence rate of violence, physical or psychological (21%) compared to women in other age groups.


Sexual Harassment

  1. Results show little improvement in this area also, with  9% of women interviewed worldwide claiming to have suffered sexual harassment in the last year, compared to 10% in the previous year.
  2. Serious levels of sexual harassment are reported by women in Peru (32%).
  3. 17% of women 18-24 years old report sexual harassment in 2019. And 17% of female students report the same situation.


Perception of equal pay

  1. Half of respondents believe that men earn more than women for the same job. However, almost 40% think that both earn the same for the same activities.
  2. When considering female respondents, 55% think that men earn more, while 44% of men believe they both receive the same salary.
  3. In Vietnam and Philippines, respondents believe that men and women earn the same for the same job (72% and 71%, respectively). However, according to German and  French respondents, men earn more than women for the same job (77% and 75%, respectively).


Gender Equality at work, in politics, at home, in social settings and in the media:

  1. Compared to 2018, a higher percentage of the total sample believes that Gender Equality has been achieved at home, while Gender Equality  at work, compared to 2018, is 12 points higher (from 13 to 25 net).
  2. Lebanon ranks first in the Gender Equality net index both in media and social settings. On the other hand, Japan shows the worst figures: a negative index was recorded in all the environments and settings.  Vietnam and Philippines show the highest index in gender equality in work and home respectively.



Please find below detailed results from the Gender Equality survey, in the form of a World Survey press release, and the Irish Summary Results.

WIN World – Gender Equality – Irish Summary

WIN World – Gender Equality – Press Release


For more information or queries please contact:


Derek Bell, Project Manager, RED C

[email protected]



Sara Vitrano, WIN Coordinator

+39 335.62.07.347

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